Senior Challenge Cup
AS Kelvedon Hatch carried off the Premier Division and Senior League Cup last term meant that Manford Way, the team that were piped twice by Kelvedon Hatch, met them in the Olympian League curtain raiser with the Senior Challenge Cup on the line. A tense game ended in Kelvedon Hatch’s favour as a solitary goal scored Mike Daniels decided the game. It means that Kelvedon Hatch start the season as they ended the last; by lifting silverware. As for Manford Way they must be sick of the sight of Kelvedon Hatch by now and will no doubt be hoping to gain points off their opponents when they meet them in league engagements.
Canning Town started their Premier League campaign with a 5-2 away win at Harold Hill. Julian Edwards scored a brace for last season’s Division One champions with Beko Dushku, David Tilley and Shaun Farnum also chipping in. Newly promoted Leigh Ramblers meanwhile came away from their visit to Frenford Senior with a 3-3 draw. Justin Hazell, Ben Munday and Tommy Hollingsworth scored the Leigh goals, cancelling out the hat-trick that Jake Marsh scored for the homesters.
Harold Wood Athletic opened their account with a 4-0 victory over White Ensign. Reiss Kingsley, Ade Onileyan, Sean Crossley and Chris Barlow grabbed a goal apiece. Hannakins Farm won by the same score line at Bishops Stortford Swifts. Chris Gormley scored twice with the other goals coming via Elliot Vile and Ryan Ramsey. Ross Lamb scored twice in the first half for Springfield who went in leading Buckhurst Hill 3-0 at half-time as Ryan Batchford also found the target. Buckhurst Hill scored a penalty in the opening minute of the second half but Springfield then added a fourth when Andy Elgar curled in a sublime free kick. It was a nervy closing stages for Springfield however as Buckhurst Hill scored twice more, meaning Springfield had to dig in to secure all the spoils. Ryan Cosson, Daniel Gilchrist and Josh Banfield scored the Buckhurst Hill replies. Rayleigh Town and May & Baker E.C. played out a 2-2 draw. Mike Shelley and Tom Quinn scored the Rayleigh goals; James Barlow scored for May & Baker after connecting with Richard Oxby’s corner and then an excellent delivery from Ricaro Texiera was met by the head of Karl Chandler. It was a goal worthy of winning any game but as it was only gained May & Baker a share of the spoils.
Catholic United have had back-to-back promotions and started their Division One campaign with a 5-1 victory over Shenfield AFC. Dan Trenkel opened the scoring with Aaron Comerfield then scoring twice. Dom Binns also scored a brace, coming off the bench to do so. Alex Boardbridge scored the Shenfield consolation. Craig Skipper bagged a hat-trick for Galleywood who come away from Newbury Forest with a 4-2 victory as Matthew Ridley also rifles home. Old Southendian open the season with a 2-1 home win over Hutton. Nick Cardosi and Haylsan Santos were the marksmen.
Sam Johnson, Jason Purewal and Rodney Sarsah-Wilson all put their names down on the Lakeside score sheet as they win 3-2 at Benfleet. FC Hamlets beat Ongar Town thanks to goals from Jay Morris (2), Lewis Cassell, George Oakley and Rhonan Casey. Jake Clarke(2) and Reece Clark score the Ongar replies. Toby had a torrid campaign last term which ended with them finishing bottom of Division One. However they posted their first win of the season as they run out 2-0 winners at Ramsden Scotia. Richie Harvey and Arron Watson-McNab score a goal each to get Toby’s season up and running. Sungate started the new season in a new division and continued their winning ways by beating a strong Rochford Town side 3-1. They were trailing to a Mark Pope goal at half-time but a solo effort from Danny Downer levelled the score. Ashley Daniels then fired them into a 2-1 lead before Yoshi Kabing made sure of the victory by running the whole length of the pitch before slotting the ball past the Rochford keeper to secure the opening day victory. Matt Taylor grabbed the Upminster goal but they were swept aside by Ryan who go on to win the game 4-1 courtesy of goals from Robert Mensah, Clifford Newbury-Harris, Olakunmi Sosanya and Joel Young.
Roydon started their campaign in the lower tier with a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Debden Sports. Tom Osmond, Matt Curtis, Ross Pope and Bentley Vancootan were the goal scorers.
Senior Challenge Cup
Kelvedon Hatch 1 Manford Way
Bishops Stortford Swifts 0 Hannakins Farm 4
Buckhurst Hill 3 Springfield 4
Frenford Senior 3 Leigh Ramblers 3
Harold Hill 2 Canning Town 5
Harold Wood Athletic 4 White Ensign 0
Rayleigh Town 2 May & Baker E.C. 2
Catholic United 5 Shenfield AFC 1
Newbury Forest 2 Galleywood 4
Old Southendian 2 Hutton 1
Benfleet 2 Lakeside 3
FC Hamlets 5 Ongar Town 1
Ramsden Scotia 0 Toby 2
Rochford Town 1 Sungate 3
Ryan 4 Upminster 1
Debden Sports 4 Roydon 0